I have lived my entire life in Northwest Arkansas. The assassination of President John Kennedy created a desire in me to live a life devoted to helping others. I saw quickly that being a lawyer would provide that opportunity. I graduated from Rogers High School in 1969 and then attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville for both my undergraduate and law degrees. I finished my law school classes in December 1975 and received my law license in March 1976. I began my practice in a two room office building in my hometown of Lowell. I served as the Lowell City Judge until 1981. In 1980, I was joined by my lifetime friend, Craig Campbell. By 1982 our firm had expanded and we opened an office in Historic Downtown Rogers as well. In 1989 we consolidated our offices into our present location at 119 South Second Street in Rogers. I was honored to serve the residents of western and southern Benton County in the Arkansas House of Representatives from January 1983 through December 1990. While in the Legislature I worked hard for education reform, economic development, highway funding, and amendments to the Arkansas Workers' Compensation law. I was the primary author of the amendment to our state Constitution that established small claims courts in Arkansas.